THREE 5 Stars for Beyond Duty (Beyond Duty #1) by S.J.D. Peterson #MM #Military @Dreamspinners @SJDPeterson


Title: Beyond Duty (Beyond Duty #1)
Author Name & Publisher: S.J.D. Peterson (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 2, 2013 – 212 pgs


The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell didn’t come soon enough for Gunther “Gunny” Duchene and Macalister “Mac” Jones, career US Marines who met at boot camp in the 1990s. They’ve been somewhere between best friends and lovers in peacetime and wartime both, but as the clock ticks toward Mac’s and Gunny’s retirements, the guys have much more to worry about than coming out.

Whether their relationship will survive outside of the closet they’ve had to shove it into for over two decades is a big question mark. After all, Gunny questions why a hot military man like Mac–who could get any guy he wanted, including a younger, sexier one–would want him. But as Gunny and Mac navigate emotional waters as choppy as any they saw on duty, they just might learn Semper Fi applies to more than their careers.

This edition is the expanded novel of the short story Beyond Duty which has been included in this novel. However it has been edited and changed to 3rd person POV.

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I have read several books by SJD Peterson and just like all the others I loved this one. I loved Mac and Gunny to pieces! When the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell comes right as the two men are going to retire from the Marines they decide to go out with a bang. They met in boot camp and have been best friends ever since, then became lovers. Now that they are going to retire each of them doesn’t know what the other one wants. Mac is automatically thinking happily ever after. Gunny wants that but it too afraid to bring up the subject, it makes him sick to his stomach. The relationship between these two is hot, I love them, they are so loving and compassionate and they get along so well together. I kept putting the book down because I didn’t want it to end. There was a little angst in the book but that tends to happen when people are hiding their sexuality and then have to tell everyone after hiding it for decades. When Mac starts drinking in the bar one night and lets “baby” slip when he is talking to Gunny I about died, I thought for sure the crap was gonna hit the fan! The retirement ceremony was awesome, I cried. Mac blew me away and I loved him even more if that was even possible. This was a great book and I can’t wait to read the next book!


I really enjoyed this story.  Mac and Gunny were characters that you were really able to get to know.  Their background and what they were going through was chalked full of emotion and doubt, which only enhanced their story.I loved their back story and how no matter where the other person was, they knew they had someone to come home to.  I wanted to cry when Mac and Gunny were able to be who they truly wanted, but understood where they were coming from in terms of wanting to be safe before the DADT was repealed.

This was a great romance.  The connection that the characters shared – that despite being alpha males in their every day lives, they didn’t need to be all tough and macho all the time – they were able to delve deeper in their relationship.  With the family, friends and love surrounding them, they were able to be who they truly wanted.

**Audiobook Review**
I absolutely loved this story. It has two older men who’ve hidden something very large about themselves because of their careers in the military. They only have each other for support for many years and when the appeal of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell law they find that their world is opening to so many things they didn’t anticipate.
This story could’ve easily been broken down into many short stories because there were numerous situations the men went through that could’ve been the end or a HEA, but Ms Peterson didn’t leave it there. She showed us past each point and I loved it. I loved getting to see that even though one hurdle was passed, there were more and not necessarily easier either.
Another great story by S.J.D. Peterson who is now one of my favorite MM authors for her ability to bring not only romance and sexual situations to a story but fully developed and complex characters and situations to life for the reader.
The narrator was amazing, Jonathan Young. I loved his voice and cadence. The story flowed excellently and all the feelings that the men went through were brought to life so perfectly. I will definitely be seeking out more of his work.


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It’s been an amazing journey since DSP first contracted Lorcan’s Desire in January 2011. I’ve published 2 free reads with the M/M Romance group, my back list is growing, met some great people and have made some amazing friends.
I’m still in shock that I’m listed among the many talented authors at Dreamspinner Press! The little voice in the back of my head is screaming, “You are so out of your league.”
Shhhhh I won’t tell them if you don’t 🙂

You can call me Jo, everyone does 🙂


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